Bell's Amber Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Bell's Amber AleBell's Amber Ale

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BA SCORE
87
very good

895 Reviews
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Reviews: 895
Hads: 2,749
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.13%
Wants: 119
Gots: 351 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-12-2001

Amber Ale deftly balances a mixture of toasted grain & light caramel notes with a range of floral, citrus and herbal hop notes, capped by a clean bitterness. This balance of flavors makes Amber Ale quite versatile as a food pairing option, not to mention being rather tasty in its own right. Whether serving as a jumping point to other styles or as a familiar standby, Amber Ale is central to the Bell’s portfolio.
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Reviews: 895 | Hads: 2,749
Photo of AgentZero
3.43/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Orangish colour, very cloudy. Decent 1 1/2 finger head on it that quickly dissipated leaving behind no lacing.

S - Malty, but not really a whole lot going on there. A little bit of hops, somewhat biscuity.

T - Sweet with some caramel malts. Little touch of citris hops, finished with a bit of a bitter bite.

M - Carbonated, medium-light bodied. Fits the style, but not really doing a whole lot here.

D - Pretty easy to get down, the bite at the end gives this beer a little bit of character. (499 characters)

Photo of DrainBamage
3.43/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy amber color with a nice layer of head and Is moderately carbonated. The aroma is a little piney and possibly some floral notes. It goes down very smooth and is rather malty. It is easy on palate even though it is quite bitter. This beer could use a litter better balance between the malts and hops but is still a good beer. This is the first time I've had it out of out a glass and it is much better. Having this one out of a bottle definitely doesn't do it justice. (481 characters)

Photo of FosterJM
3.44/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1756th Review on BA
Draft to Pint

@Brick Taven, Lombard, IL

App- A darker bit of red with some browns intermixed. I like to use the analogy and it works, like a wood stain color. Had a nice dense center with a bit of lighter reddish/brown edges. The head was a nice 1/2" of off white and went quickly.

Smell- Its a malty smell with a bit of the roast lingering after the initial smell. Was a small bit of an earthy hop aroma as well. Wasnt too much here on this one.

Taste- After being a Fat Tire for so long I dont really drink Ambers anymore. I paired this with a Kobe Burger to get the malts to bring a bit of earthiness out of the burger. This beer was a bit malt forward with that distinct red ale flavor but was negligible really. Well balanced with only a small bit of bitter to it.

Mouth- A smaller medium body with a bit of thickness behind. Medium carbonation and a slight amount of malts on the finish with residual bitter.

Drink- I had to drive home but would have loved to stick around for a few more pints of this nice little beer. (1,051 characters)

Photo of Patrick999
3.44/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into my Stone imperial pint. More of a golden amber than a true deep amber. Short but substantive foam.

Decent aroma of biscuits drizzled in caramel.

First thing I noticed is that the alcohol is more muscular than I would have expected for 5.5%. Malt heavy, almost a little peaty character.

Fairly thick mouthfeel for 5.5%.

Drinks bigger than it is. I would probably go for other browns before this one. (418 characters)

Photo of MmmIPA
3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Murky amber body with a white head that fell pretty fast.Very lively and some nice lacing.

Fruity smell and some carmel.

Malt up front then the hop bite.

Carbonation could be toned down a bit but its nothing to cry about.

Good, a better version of your average amber ale.Im not really a fan of these types of beers but its good none the less.I would have again. (373 characters)

Photo of Erdinger2003
3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Lacing is strong and holds to the glass almost a half an inch up as the head, which is white and foamy, fell leaving the thin layer. The color is gold to a red tint and is clear.

Bread and butter flavors are present and also a flowery and light bodied, not my style however enjoyable.

The mouthfeel is carbonated a little and felt like an average beer on my palate.

I will look for a new bottle from the brewery, but I won't go out of my way to try it again...there are too many beers in front of it in line. (517 characters)

Photo of PhageLab
3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a standard pint glass.

A - Orange coloration with a nice reddish hue. Produced a half inch layer of froth and displayed both good retention and lacing. Bell's presentation once again is impressive.

S - Very pleasant sweet malty aromas, with a slight tinge of something cour/citrusy, like lemon perhaps.

T - Pale malt-like profile, dry body, and a bit of a citrus backbone. Finishes a little bitter. Decent balance, but somehow an unremarkable brew.

M - Light bodied, high carbonation level and a slightly odd aftertaste that I can't put my finger on.

D - Decent overall, but not my favorite offering from Bell's. Worth a try. (642 characters)

Photo of Dogbrick
3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice surprise for an Amber Ale. I was expecting something along the Killian's line but this produced a hint of hops flavor I was not expecting, which made it taste like a hybrid of some kind. Very interesting. Rich color and good aroma. I am anxious to try Bell's other offerings. The only downside was a faint metallic taste toward the end. Not sure what that was about. (371 characters)

Photo of Guden
3.46/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Light amber color with a solid one finger head that sticks around.

S- Light citrus and a bit of malt. Very light.

T- A smooth refreshing citrus (lemon) up front with a bit of sweetness followed by a piney bitter finish that blends with a honey note. Not bad but could use some more maltiness for my tastes.

M- Fairly low in body, just enough to fill the mouth with a well dialed in carbonation level that's not too prickly but effervescent and refreshing.

O- A decent beer but a little lacking in the aroma and maltiness for the style. (542 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.46/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, a souvenir from a foray into Dearborn, Michigan last week.

This beer pours a hazy medium orange amber hue, with one finger of tight foamy pale beige head, which leaves some sparse streaky, wave crest lace around the glass as it fades away. It smells of thin caramel malt, mildly tart fruit, and a bit of yeast. The taste is quite in line, with a more pronounced caramel malt, edgy fruitiness, and floral, leafy hop character. The carbonation is average, and kind of fuzzy, the body medium weight, but with a flinty nature that takes away major smoothness points. It finishes bittersweet, fruity, and fairly clean.

An ok amber ale, the expected fruity sweetness turned on its head, opting for the acidic in lieu of the sugary complement. (751 characters)

Photo of DrunkMcDermott
3.46/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on premise at KBC. A little cloudy, and the color is a bit lighter than other ambers. A thin head. Good biscuity malt profile. Likeable, but really not quite the thrill I had been led to expect from a Bell's. But what the hey, Kalamazoo seems to be a brewpub heaven, on to another... and another... (305 characters)

Photo of BB1313
3.46/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into pint glass. Pours a hazy amber; nice big fluffy head that fades slowly and leaves nice lacing and retention. The aromas are full of caramel malts and earthy hops. There's a strong breadiness in the aromas and flavors. The flavors are grainy with a subtle bitterness. Tons of caramel and grass going on. Solid flavors, but it doesn't have the depth I recall from the past. Mouthfeel is nice. It's light, but feels hearty with active carbonation. Alcohol obviously goes unnoticed. It's ultimately clean and refreshing.

It's been a minute since I've had this beer. It's a good example of the style. (621 characters)

Photo of bunnyhustle
3.46/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy gloden orange with a good two finger head. Head retention is better than normal with moderate lace left behind. Smell was not too impressive. Smells of malt and grain, but I also detect an almost yeast like smell, similar to a Belgian. Taste is better. A nice malt profile and noticable grain presence. No real hop bitterness to this as expected. Moderate carbonation leaves a crisp and clean feeling with a slightly dry aftertaste. Overall not a bad beer. I admit I'm not a huge fan of Amber's but this was one of the better ones I've tasted yet. (562 characters)

Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.46/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nose is softly malt, estery, with hints of hop. Smells okay-pretty good.

Pours clear orange copper with moderate head. Some yeast in the bottle. Looks pretty good.

Soft smooth malt, heavy on the esters. Hints of roast. Soft bitterness. Kind of a bubblegum/tutti fruitti feel to the ester. Finishes softly bitter and tart. Floral, spicy, herbal, somewhat piney hop with soft citrus fruit. Mild-mod sweetness. Bready caramel, toasty malt. Faint butter, toffee. Tastes pretty good. Feels good. Good drinkability.

Soft easy drinker with pleasant malt balance. (558 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.46/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not a big fan of this style, but this is a really good beer. Bold, robust and malty. Good use of dark grains and malt. It's a liitle hoppier that most ambers, but it doesn't interfere with the sweetness or the body. Has more of a pronounced alcohol flavor and feel into the body and finish. Has some earthy / yeasty flavor along with hop flavoring. Less clean than I like, but still, good beer. (394 characters)

Photo of Avantyawn
3.46/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Standard nice amber coloring, nice fluffy head, large bubbles

S: Crystal malts, mild but detectable yeast , apple cider vinegar, raspberries . Not super into the nose on this...

T: A mild creamy amber ale, the taste doesn't pop out much really, taste is very mild with a little hop kick at the end of mild sweet start., OK but not really impressive.

M: Nice light medium mouthfeel, good carbonation, no complaints here.

O: Overall, I'd imagine this would be a different story fresh on tap, but this 6 pack has been a bit underwhelming and falls short of what I expect / hope for in an amber ale. Decent but forgettable. (626 characters)

Photo of TheDM
3.46/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This brew has a mild aroma if any at all. Its head died out very quickly. It has a nice amber brown color. My initial taste contained a hint of a fore taste that I later tasted on the back of my throat. It contained some carbonation and was a little watery in flavor. (267 characters)

Photo of claspada
3.47/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aromas of bready, caramel, biscuity, nuttiness and a hint of spice. Nothing too complex; some light indistinguishable hop notes.

The taste begins with some light spice and caramel maltiness, followed by some decent hops bitterness. As you re-examine you can detect some lesser toffee and toasted breadiness.

The mouthfeel is light-bodied with moderate, soft carbonation. Pleasant, finishes crisp and clean.

Overall this is a decent example of an amber but nothing too extraordinary. I want to give it more credit than it deserves but find it just too plain. It is was it is supposed to be, a sessionable Amber/Red ale. I just wish it had more memorable characteristics. (672 characters)

Photo of marcellaproust
3.47/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Medium body, medium dark amber color. Head quickly dissipates to a rim. Smells of subtle malt and caramel. Lots of carbonation. The malt and nuttiness is roundly balanced by hops with a quick bitter finale. A great amercian amber, though less flavor than I expected from Bell's. (278 characters)

Photo of brakspear
3.47/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a flat clear orangish body with a faint head, moderate carbonation. The aroma is caramel malts and hoppy spice with a decent balance between the two. The flavors are also well balanced, malty sweetness followed by a moderate hop bite, a bit a green apples and sourness in the finish. The body and mouthfeel seems appropriate for the style. A decent amber ale, but not impressively so. (390 characters)

Photo of markaberrant
3.47/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - orangey red, hazy with yeast in suspension, good sized off white head. Good bit of lace.

S - caramel malt, mostly clean, not much else

T - juicy caramel malt, low hop flavour (tastes noble), bready finish, clean

M - med full body, but not heavy, medium carbonation, touch of alcohol

D - very approachable (although the yeast chunks might be a turn off to those new to bottle conditioned beer), clean and malty, not in your face.

Well made, but just a basic malty red ale. Nothing wrong with having an approachable beer in your lineup, but it probably shouldn't have gobs of yeast floating in it. My wife will enjoy drinking the rest of the 6-pack, as this sort of beer is right up her alley. (700 characters)

Photo of RhinoDBJ
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This is my first real "review" ... so here goes. I'm not up on all the terminology ... but I'm gonna work at it!

Bought this at a Trader Joe's to try. I'm kind of an "amber" guy ... so it seemed worth a try. It's nice to see that BA rates this one pretty high (87).

It looks nice in a New Belgium Tulip glass and has a nice amber/rose color

Off white head

Malty smell.

Very drinkable! I'll consider it again!

There, how'd I do!!?? (436 characters)

Photo of soper2000
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Notes from a Bell's tasting:
Pours a bland amber color with a minimal head. Ok looking beer just not my style. Smell has hints of caramel and malt with a little bit of hops sneaking up. This beer doesn't have the strongest flavor. It has a decent malt backbone but I usually like my beers with more of a kick. Drinkability seems to be high as this is not a very complicated beer. I guess i just haven't learned to appreciate ambers yet. This is not a bad brew i just don't think i will be getting much more of it. (514 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a nice light burnt amber color with a creamy tan head.

S: soothing sweet caramel and fruitiness

F: For flavor there is a big creamy caramel palate, apples, some citrus hopping and a nice soft roasted character. The flavor is very rich, caramel malting, a well balanced floral hoppiness.

M: The mouthful is moderate with some warm caramel apple notes upon warming on then tongue.

D: A decent malt bill with good drinkability making for a good session beer. (470 characters)

Photo of tar
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bell's Amber Ale pours a cloudy amber with a thick puffy white head. Some sediment/particles were present, suspended in the glass (I've had this beer several times before and have never noticed this). A fairly persistent head leaves rings around the glass as it slowly diminishes. Very little aroma is present---a bit of hops comes through, and a hint of floral scents. This is mirrored in the taste, which is good but rather mild. There is a slight yeasty flavor in the finish. A fairly smooth, medium bodied beer which is pretty good, but not exceptional. (557 characters)

Bell's Amber Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
87 out of 100 based on 895 ratings.